Kennedy: Jackson in Deep Depression

    FILE - In this March 20, 2012 file photo, U.S. Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr., D-Ill., thanks supporters at his primary election night party in Chicago. Jackson has been on medical leave for exhaustion for several weeks and Monday, July 9, 2012, Illinois Sen. Dick Durbin said Jackson has a responsibility to tell the public about his medical condition and his whereabouts. Jackson's staff didn't disclose the fact about the leave right away and then reported July 5 that he was in an inpatient facility battling physical and emotional problems worse than initially thought. (AP Photo/M. Spencer Green, File)

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    Patrick Kennedy shed some light on the “mood disorders” affecting Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. after he visited his former colleague on Thursday. Kennedy, a former U.S. representative from Rhode Island who has battled bipolar disorder himself, told the Associated Press that Jackson is in a “deep” depression and has “a lot of work to continue to do to be able to learn how to treat this illness.” The Illinois congressman has been on medical leave since June 10. At first, his office blamed his absence on exhaustion, but the Mayo Clinic later said Jackson is being treated for bipolar depression.

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